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Healthy eating habits should start at home and in school

Our readers have their say about sugar consumption, WhatsApp in India and curvy models

Energy drinks will be one of several products subject to excise tax. Ravindranath K / The National
Energy drinks will be one of several products subject to excise tax. Ravindranath K / The National

Your editorial We must act now to limit the harm of sugar consumption (December 10) was clearly sending a strong message to society. It is a fact that children are the worst victims of excess consumption of sugar.

They don’t realise the health risks involved when consuming food containing excess quantities of sugar, particularly chocolates and snacks that are easily available in stores.

As children, how such habits could endanger their futures will not occur to them in their early years.

As a result of lifestyle changes, children tend to ignore the many health concerns that could arise when they become adults.

The reality of “home, sweet home” could become their very own nightmare. Proper awareness at home and in school, where children spend most of their time, should be a priority for parents and teachers.

The displays in shopping malls influence children a lot but they never realise how such habits affect their future lives.

Schools must stop selling high-sugar items in their canteens and put up awareness posters so children are able to realise the hidden dangers of excess sugar consumption.

There should also be a control on advertising promoting chocolates and high-fructose foods.

If parents can inculcate strong and healthy eating habits right from the early days, children wouldn’t feel that they are missing out on eating sweets.

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat

Unfortunately supermarkets are full of sugary drinks. Also, checkout counters are packed with sweets and chocolate. This makes them more tempting. In the UK, fast food chains have taken action to reduce drink sizes and calories. Surely the same could be done here.

Raj Jheeta, UAE

WhatsApp should act to stop a spate of mob lynchings

I write in reference to your article India presses WhatsApp over tracing source of fake news (December 6): your article on the implications of fake news distributed through WhatsApp and the Indian government’s demands for the sources of it are the latest development in an unfolding tragedy in India.

Fake news is extremely dangerous as the alarming rise in mob lynchings this year has demonstrated. Many innocent lives have been lost in this brutal manner.

The Indian technology minister Ravi Sankar Prasad has taken this issue to WhatsApp executives. Time will tell whether Facebook-owned WhatsApp will comply with the minister’s demands.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Semantics matter when it comes to our appearances

I refer to your article The rise of Ameni Esseibi, the Arab world’s first plus-sized model (December 8): I hate the word “plus-sized”. I think the term you’re looking for is “normal, everyday size”.

Mary Smith, UAE

Congratulations Ms Esseibi. You are a proud and beautiful woman.

Name withheld by request

Updated: December 10, 2018 07:49 PM